IRFL20100 Oral history and tradition

Academic Year 2023/2024

Oral history is both a process through the conducting of interviews as well as a product which is the recorded interview. The interview is both a document as a source of information and data and a text created through construction of memory and language. It is a form of first-person, personal narrative, both similar to and different from other forms of first-person narrative, including ethnography, storytelling, and memoir. This narrative is also influenced from the tradition.
The forms of social life which involve narrative or are conducive to the development of narrative create the structure for examination and discussion. They include traditions associated with various trades and skills, with music and poetry, and with sports and pastimes. Epic events in Irish history and their emergence in folk tradition will be analysed. Recognition and understanding of structured images of the past that are preserved in tradition will be presented.

Students will need a laptop and Wifi connection to participate fully in this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the techniques and practice of the oral history interview. This will include drafting interview questions; how to conduct the interview; the ethics and etiquette of oral history; its relationship to the historical tradition. The dramatization of social imagery will have given good insights into creative culture as it functions in ordinary life, showing how individual initiative links in with communal consciousness, and making connections between the local and the universal.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching is carried out in lectures and in seminar-style participatory classes. Archival and primary sources
are widely used in all modules, and students are also encouraged to make use of digital archive resources in their research and learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: 1200 word assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Online examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded No


Fieldwork: Oral history interview to be conducted. Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Mr Matthew O'Brien Lecturer / Co-Lecturer